Celeste Headlee brings to her role as co-host of "The Takeaway" experience both on and off the air in local and national public radio productions. Most recently, she was the Midwest correspondent for NPR's "Day to Day," covering everything from the auto industry to art, from the 2008 presidential election to toilet smuggling. From 2001 to 2006, Headlee was a reporter at public radio station WDET Detroit.
Previously, she was the local "Morning Edition" anchor at public radio station KNAU in Flagstaff, Ariz. Her news reports have aired on NPR, the Pacifica Network, National Native News and Public Radio International. She has also reported for the "Detroit News."
Headlee's work has been honored with multiple awards from the Michigan Chapter of the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists.
In addition to her journalistic background, Headlee is a classically trained soprano who has performed at the Michigan Opera Theater and various recitals around the country. She has contributed pieces to "Chamber Music" magazine, and is the granddaughter of William Grant Still, "The Dean of African American composers."
"The Takeaway" is a fresh new morning drive-time news program. Produced by WNYC/New York and Public Radio International in collaboration with the BBC World Service, the "New York Times" and WGBH/Boston, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media. John Hockenberry and Celeste Headlee convene critical conversations, take live reports from the field, provide a platform for commentary and analysis, and invite listeners to join the discussion. "The Takeaway" — morning news for engaged listeners.